|Shoveling shit with a view|
On a different note, I drove on the "wrong" side of the road for the first time the other day! Chad and I were both given driving lessens so that we can use the vehicle on the farm. We've both done quite well so far, although Chad is more willing to "practice" than I am. It is a little different but not as difficult as I thought it would be. However, I think I'll stick to driving on the island and not take my chances in Auckland anytime soon.
This first week most of our time is spent reading notes passed on to us by previous employees and getting to know the garden. Chad's on a mission to eradicate the rats from the orchard (or should I say i'rat'icate), examine every tool in the toolshed, and fix every minor imperfection about the property. I, on the other hand, am attempting to master the breadmachine, figuring out how many items from the garden I can combine into one meal, and deciding what should be planted next so that we will be eating well all winter long. And both of us have spent hours on the computer researching exactly how we grow plants we've never seen before. Some, like bananas or pineapples, we've eaten but have never propagated. Others, like the mountain paw paw or the Tamarillo, we've never even heard of. Amazing! I'm still not sure what kind of people let two relatively untraveled kids from the northern United States (one from a land-locked state) come and manage their farm in the southern hemisphere on an island in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, but we're getting to know them.
It's been so sunny since we arrived, and as a result, hard for me to sit in front of the computer and write. But we've been told to expect a lot of rain in the coming months so you'll be sure to hear from us quite a bit.
|Chad with his morning oatmeal|